It seems that Alan Pardew was frustrated but not disappointed that Newcastle failed to get the three points against Southampton last Saturday at St. James’ Park, but he was also pleased that at least we didn’t lose to a team who now remain 3 points behind us in the league table.
Alan Pardew – frustrated at Saturday’s draw
The truth is the game could have gone either way in that second half, but Loic Remy uncharacteristically missed what for him were two gilt-edged chances, which he would have put away earlier in the season.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press:
“It was a frustrating one against Southampton but also, I’m sort of proud of the team because I thought it was a tough game.” “They give as good as they get, Southampton, in all of the games they’ve played.”
“I said that in the program notes. We were pushing towards the end, Hatem Ben Arfa had some nice moments when maybe he could have opened them up.”
“Yet for an away team, they did enough to get a draw.” “The clear-cut chances we created weren’t many, but we did have two real, real good ones.”
“We perhaps should have scored those.” “You’d expect Loic to score. He had two glaring opportunities and you have to really earn your chances against that team and you can’t really afford to miss them.”
“In the end it proved costly.” “I’m not disappointed, that’s for sure. It keeps the momentum going.” “I didn’t want to lose to them, they’re right around us so we stay above them and we go to our next game, which is Crystal Palace away.
“It’s a tough game but you’d like to think we can win that.”
After beating Manchester United, we had what looked to be three easy games – at home to Southampton, away at Crystal Palace and at home to Stoke City – and some fans thought we could get three wins.
Well that’s not going to happen now, but we have to try to get at least four points out of these two upcoming games, before we take on Arsenal at home on Sunday, 29th December and then West Brom on the road on New Years’s day.
A win on Saturday at Selhurst Park is just what the doctor ordered.
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